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Holiday First Aid & Recovery Kit

I have recently returned from a two-week break in the sun. I had a wonderful time but as usual I picked up a few alignments on the way.

In the last 365 days prior to the holiday I had only taken 6 days annual leave saving my holiday for this year. It was inevitable that the minute I stop working and sign off that I would fall ill with some big. Sure enough I got a ulcerated throat and a cold, now moving to a chest infection.

However, this was not going to stop me! I spent every day of the holiday exploring come wind, rain or shine. It also meant that with my defences down I got sore feet, blisters, a sore nose, and a big case of sunburn.

I was so exhausted that I made the diabolical mistake of falling asleep in the sunshine! Opps! and as such I now look like a refresher bar.

My next holiday is coming up and I thought I would share my essentials for holiday first aid.


As standard I always take a few sachets of Dioralyte on holiday. Especially when travelling somewhere further afield or particularly hot.

Dioralyte is a powder form that when mixed with water makes a pleasant drink that replaces salts in the body. It is important to avoid dehydration and this can be caused from too much sun, diarrhoea and drinking. In Japan it can get so humid that they add salt to the water to stop people becoming dehydrated. The body rebalances its electrolytes.

Packs are available at most pharmacies like Boots, and only cost £3.41. Plus they come in a choice of blackcurrant or citrus flavour.

They can be taken y children and the elderly but always read the label.

Anthisan Bite & Sting Cream

This little cream is the perfect handbag size saviour.

If the mosquitos particularly like the taste of you this is a perfect cream to soothe bites and stings. I have used this on insect bites and rashes from nettles previously.

It provides instant relief from the inflammation, itching and stinging which can lead to infections and broken skin.

Science of Skin: Solution for Bites

For those real nasty bites try the Science of Skin bite solution. Simply apply as soon as you notice a mosquito, gnats, flies, fleas or midges bite and it provides instant relief. This lasts up to 2 hours. It cools the area as well and provides hydrating Aloe vera.

I particularly like the roller ball applicator so its keep easy and clean to use.

Plus the cream helps heal the area so no more unsightly bites and rashes. Fragrance, paraben and alcohol free

Alflorex Anti Bloat Tablets

I am a creature of habit which means any changing in my vegetarian diet and my tummy goes into overdrive. I can literally hear it crying out when I eat something new.

Alflorex is a brand commonly used by those who suffer from IBS. It is also a great aid to anyone with IBS symptoms, unusual tummy activity, bloating or stress induced tummy upset.

It can be used for bloating and gas, unpredictable bowel movements AND abdominal pain.

Its suitable for most if not all diets and works to increase the unique formation of Bifidobacterium. This is a type of bacteria that lives in the gut and helps it to process.

It’s the number one recommended live culture by US Gastroenterologists, winner of awards from Pharmacists in Ireland and is now available in the UK.

O’Keeffe’s Healthy Feet

I did on average 15-20,000 steps each day on holiday in my flip flops! I do love to explore but the sand, sea and exploring plays havoc on my feet.

I highly recommend the O’Keeffe’s Healthy Feet moisturiser. If you suffer from thickening of the heels, dry cracks, flaky skin or generally dry then this is the cream for you. It really penetrates the thick and rough surface skin. For such a thick and intensive cream is it non-greasy and hypoallergenic and comes with a 100% money back guarantee.

Available from leading pharmacists in tubs and jars.

O’Keeffe’s Skin Repair Body Lotion

After frazzling my skin I need some intense repair.

The daily application of after sun is not cutting it. Some areas are super itchy and peeling which makes them pretty unsightly.

O’Keeffe’s Skin Repair Body Lotion provides instant relief for dry or itchy skin. It also absorbs easily, is no greasy and hypoallergenic.

I found the cream easy to apply and it dried and felt light on the skin while providing maz moisture. It really has calmed my skin.

O’Keeffe’s Skin Repair Body Lotion is supported with an unconditional 100% money back guarantee.

Available from leading pharmacists in tubs and jars.

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